SINGAPORE – Fresh off their stint at the Tokyo Olympics, table tennis players Clarence Chew, Lin Ye and Yu Mengyu joined Catholic high school students in their National Day celebrations virtually Friday morning (August 6) while signifying their notice of stay at home.
They were also joined by Singapore Table Tennis Association President Ellen Lee.
The athletes spoke about the challenges they faced on their Olympic journey and hope to inspire the students to pursue their dreams.
Yu, who was a career-high fourth in women’s singles, said: “It is important for me to give back because I received a wave of support during the Tokyo Olympics.
“Through today’s awareness, I hope to inspire our younger generation to never give up and never give in – everyone has this will and it is persistence that can turn any obstacle into success. . “
Lin, who competed in the women’s team event with Yu and Feng Tianwei, said, “The support we received today will energize us and push us further to bring more sporting glory to Singapore.”
Chew, who reached the second round of the men’s singles, said it was an amazing way to celebrate Singapore’s birthday.
Student Rio Lai, 11, was happy to have been able to learn from the experience of the athletes.
He said: “From this sharing, I have learned that a professional athlete must stay focused on his goals and work hard, with resilience and perseverance. Success can only be achieved through immense effort.”
Director Poh Chun Leck said it was an honor to celebrate the National Day with the trio and added that they “inspired the country with their outstanding performances at the Olympics, and their virtual visit to the Catholic High School today. lit the flames of passion and pride. in our gentlemen “.